Is Bigger Better for Transport Contracts?

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As VOSA continues to ignore requests to remove a prohibition notice on a company attempting to test its own LHV (longer, heavier vehicle), one of the UK's premier freight exchanges for transport contracts comes forward in support.

The Vehicle and Operator Services Agency (VOSA) is refusing requests from Denby Transport to remove a prohibition notice from the company which they say was unfairly ordered. Whilst the notice was withdrawn when the truck was reversed back into Denby's yard, it remains on their record. The issue is causing ripples throughout the transport contracts industry, but one of the UK's leading independent haulage exchanges has come out in support of Denby Transport's right to test their own vehicles.

There has been a lot of debate recently about how suitable LHVs are for use on UK roads, but Lyall Cresswell, Managing Director of The Transport Exchange Group says, "We believe that introducing LHVs will increase the load capacity for transport contracts therefore reducing the amount of vehicles on the road. In terms of carbon reduction and fuel issues this can only aid our efficiencies."

LHVs are touted by their supporters to reduce carbon emissions by up to 30% and generate substantial financial savings, based on a concept of replacing three of the heaviest vehicles currently used, with two of the new oversized vehicles. Already being used in other parts of Europe, they have proven to be particularly efficient when used for moving goods of a lightweight, but large capacity. Lyall Cresswell went on to say, "A lot of industry reaction is that this is a missed opportunity for transport contracts in this country if we do not get behind the development and trials of these vehicles. We need to see real experiential data in order to reach informed conclusions."

In financial terms, as the recession continues to bite the transport industry, LHVs are seen by some as part of a solution to rising fuel prices, congestion charges and tolls. But even more than this, the Transport Exchange see the vehicles as part of a larger issue. Lyall says, "As a business we are committed to reducing our carbon footprint via increasing operational efficiencies, and making our distribution greener by passing this on to our members. LHVs can not only reduce the amount of vehicular traffic in a ratio to capacity, but will provide them with a competitive advantage. The right by an independent company to test these vehicles should be able to be exercised under properly controlled conditions, in order for the development to move forward."

About the Transport Exchange Group

The Transport Exchange Group offers a range of services to enable members to trade loads and journeys and to source available or part-filled vehicles. Its system facilitates seamless electronic trading from order confirmation to invoice approval and payment, and processes more than 10,000 loads a month.

With offices in London and Nottingham, The Transport Exchange Group operates two of the largest haulage exchanges in Great Britain. Courier Exchange (, is the UK's biggest exchange for express and same day movements and is now in its ninth year of trading, while its sister site, Haulage Exchange ( is one of the UK's leading independent haulage exchanges for the 7.5 Tonne market and beyond.

Membership of the exchange is limited to accredited transport professionals, and offers them the chance to buy and sell domestic and international road transport industry services such as full loads, backloads, return loads, freight forwarding, and road haulage.

For further information contact Century Public Relations (Tel: 024 7622 8881).


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